Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Polycom Slams into the High Definition Videoconferencing Fray!

Polycom has announced its "UltimateHD" system, going Cisco Systems an apparent one-up in the effort to take advantage of a reported boom-economy for high-end videoconferencing vendors. Stuart Corner's story at iTWire.com cites Polycom spokespeople claiming that their solution, unlike others they might mention, "which can only focus on delivering the requisite video resolution, systems adhering to the UltimateHD architecture 'enable a total high definition solution for every aspect of the experience affected by high definition: HD video as well as HD voice, HD multimedia content, HD bridging, HD recording/archiving/streaming, and supporting HD services.'"

I know we're all about the less pricey developments and resources here, but I feel I owe it to you to track these kinds of developments in the airy realm of the "Big Boys," Polycom, Tandberg, and Cisco. Come to think of it, I do have something for the desktop aficionados. Here:

Think of it as blogging on steroids.

Social networking melds with videoconferencing, By Greg Sandoval, CNET News.com, November 20, 2006, as run on ZDNet India, describes a new development in social networking, something called "online videoconferencing." Hmmmmm... Who woulda thunk it?

Keep an ear peeled for "Paltalk," which hopes to become the YouTube of social networking online IVC. They claim a network of 20 million users. I'm listening: That's hard to do, though, while one's head is spinning around with increasing rapidity.


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